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Wednesday,  Sept 2  2015

Vietnam Independence Day

V-J Day  Japan surrenders in Tokyo Harbour

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

I'm traveling to the Philippines today...it's a long way to travel.

Shawn "Phantom" Weiler is here with Chapter 4  of his F-16 series.  Today Shawn is here with his Tamiya, Revell and Hasegawa F-16's.   Shawn has a good selection of paint schemes today and it appears he's a big fan of the Tamiya F-16 kit.


Ian McGeorge has done something I'm not brave enough to attempt.....build the 1/48 Dragon Ju-88G & Fw-190A Mistel S/S2/3.  George finished his Mistel as well as it could be done and he has high regards for this model.  Wow.....I must admit I love how well Georges Mistel turned out.   


Niels Dol joins us with a fine looking 1/72 Revell Hawker Hunter F.6.  Niels chose to finish his Hunter in the attractive markings for a Dutch Hunter with a  weapons load to complete the look.  Nicely done Niels.    


Jia Wei Lim has done a marvelous job painting and weathering his 1/72 Revell Spitfire Vb.  I was very impressed how well this Spitfire looks.    


Tuesday,  Sept 1  2015

Libya Independence Day

Slovak Republic Constitution Day 

Uzbekistan National Day

Singapore Air Force Day

World War Two begins in Europe - Germany invades Poland (1939)

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Thomas Brückelt joins us from Germany with a very interesting late war aircraft design.  This is the 1/72 Airmodel Products Lippisch P.15 Diana and it is a combination of a variety of aircraft from the Me 163 and the He 16 and even includes Me 109 main landing gear.  Thomas had big praise for this resin kit and his finished models look very good indeed.  This is a very interesting aircraft design.

Kees Kuyper is here with a very realistic looking floatplane racer.  This is his 1/72 Macchi Folgore floatplane using Seafox floats and painted to represent an raceplane from the time period.  This model looks quite realistic in it's design.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 MG 131 for Fw 190 from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Monday,  Aug 31  2015

Malaysia National Day

Trinidad and Tobago National Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Happy Merdeka to everyone in Malaysia.  Well done to everyone that helped to make this special Malaysin update.
Brian "Mr B" Param starts this special update with his 1/48 Monogram F-5E "Tiger Down".  This is a diorama of an actual F-5 that ended up in a rice field after an aborted take-off.  It's very well done and quite the cool diorama.  Well done Brian. 

Thomas "Masterqq" Ng is here with his eye catching 1/48 Fujimi Alouette III.   Thomas built this beauty out of the box and finished it in a high viz paint scheme and Malaysian markings.

Aidy Abdullah has added some resin detail items to improve his 1/48 Academy MiG-29N "Blue Tailed Bandit".  This Malaysian jet is wearing a very colorful taliart that looks excellent on this MiG-29.  

Nazaruddin Hashim has done an extreme amount of extra work on his 1/48 Hasegawa S-61A-4 NURI RMAF.  Nazaruddin modified the interior and exterior of his S-61 with some extremely well done detailing and painting.  You'll love seeing the photos of this chopper model.

Brian "Mr B" Param built a massive 1/48 Italari C-130 Charlie diorama for a friend.  It is a massive display loaded with excellent detail.  I really enjoyed seeing this.

Thomas "Masterqq" Ng is here with a very rare Malaysian aircraft.  This is his good looking 1/72 Monogram HU-16B Albatross and it appeared in Malaysia.  It's cool to see this on ARC. 

Aidy Abdullah is here with another 1/48 Academy Mig-29N and this time it is wearing an attractive Malaysian camo scheme.  Aidy added extra detail using aftermarket resin as well as some added work.

Brian "Mr B" Param is here with something different today.  This is his diecast 1/72 Alouette III improved by Brian's skilled hands and then finished in Malaysian markings.  

Sunday,  Aug 30  2015

Turkish Victory Day

Kyrgyz Republic National Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Saturday,  Aug 29  2015

Slovakia National Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Friday,  Aug 28  2015

Polish (Military) Aviation Day

Just a heads up.....I'll be flying to the Philippines next week to check on the progress of the modest 3 room concrete block house I'm building for Angel's family to replace their rotting bamboo home.  Updates will continue while I'm gone for 3 weeks.  I'll try to get some photos or video of their house to let you guys see how this project is coming along.  The project has been slowed down by a death in the family, but I'm hoping the project will soon be back on track.  The family is currently living with relatives in a neighboring home and I'm keen to see them in their new home.  

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

M. J. Gormley has tried out some weathering techniques with great success on the classic 1/48 Revell OS2U Kingfisher.  The techniques were from David Rapasi and as you will see in the photos...it works very well.  I really enjoyed seeing this Kingfisher....these older kits do build into great looking models. 

Keith Chambers is here with his 4th egg plane on ARC.  This is one of the more famous F-4 paint schemes on his Grade A Scale Hasegawa F-4J Phantom II VX-4 Vandy 1 Black Bunny.  Keith heavily modified and improved his egg plane with a scratchbuilt cockpit and aftermarket photo etch and finished it all off with some aftermarket decals to make his egg plane unique.  Checks out Keith's other egg planes on his member page using the link at the bottom of his article.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 MiG-21 late airbrakes from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Eduard kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Post War Ponies F-51D Mustangs decal sheet from Mike Grant DecalsThis decal sheet features 4 aircraft from the USAF, Taiwan and Haiti.


Thursday,  Aug 27  2015

Moldova National Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Ramon R. Lomeli gets things started in a special 1/48 Italeri UH-1H Huey built for a crew chief in Vietnam in 1969.  Ramon custom built and modified many items on this Huey to match the special equipment found on the Huey and then expertly finished it with very realistic weathering.. 

Mack Main joins us with his second article on ARC.  This is his 1/72 Airfix MiG-15 in the markings for the Ugandan air Force.  This Airfix kit builds up into an excellent looking MiG-15.  

Here's a product article for the 1/32 MiG-23 Pylons from Zactomodels.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 TBF/TBM Avenger Pilot's seats with standard harness from Ultracast.


Wednesday,  Aug 26   2015      
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Richard Nicoletti starts today with his 3rd article on ARC and what a flawless looking 1/48 Tamiya P-51D MustangRichard has high praise for the Tamiya kit and he gave it a splendid finish and the markings for 1st Lt. Urban L. Drew in October 1944 when he was credited with being the first American airman to shoot down two German Me-262 jet fighters while on the same mission.  This Mustang looks fantastic from every photo.  I'm impressed how well the bare metal and green camo look.

Dragan Cvetic used the tiny 1/144 Eduard MiG-21 MF to create his lovely looking Fishbed in Angolan camo and markings.  Even though this is 1/144, Dragan added seatbelts to dress up the cockpit.  This tiny Eduard kit does build into a great looking MiG-21 and you will see in Dragan's photos.

Here's a product article for the 1/32 A6M5 Zero Undercarriage bays set from CMKThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Heinkel He 162 resin cockpit set from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Dragon kit.  


Tuesday,  Aug 25  2015

Uruguay Independence Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Monday,  Aug 24  2015

Ukraine National Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Jaime Vinha has done a stellar job on his beautiful looking 1/72 Kangnam North American RA-5C Vigilante.  Jaime did not find this the best quality kit....but that didn't stop him from turning out  atop notch model of this classic American jet in it's USN Vietnam War era markings.

J.J.Chen has gotten very creative with his what-if 1/48 HobbyBoss ‘Sea’ Thunderbolt.  This folded wing P-47 looks very much like the WW2 USN fighters in the Pacific and it was a special treat to see this Sea Thunderbolt.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 MG 17 German WWII guns from Eduard Model AccessoriesThis detail set is designed for the Eduard kit.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Sunday,  Aug 23   2015     
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Saturday,  Aug 22   2015      
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Happy Birthday to my friend Chris Hughes....we share the same birthday.

Friday,  Aug 21   2015      
WW1 Events - this date in  1915

J.J. Chen  has taken the classic 1/72 Hasegawa F4U-1A Corsair and turned it into a great looking model of this much loved WW2 fighter.  J.J. gave his Corsair the perfect amount of weathering....this one is a beauty.  This is J.J.'s 6th article on ARC....you can see his other articles by clicking the link at the bottom of his article. 

Thomas Brückelt joins us from Germany with a special model from the Firefox movie.  This is his 1/72 Anigrand MiG-31 Firefox in an in-flight display complete with a scratchbuilt cockpit and other improvements.  Even after all these years...his movie plane still looks cutting edge.  I love the work Thomas did on his Firefox.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 AIM-7E Sparrow missiles from Eduard Model Accessories.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 P-39Q/N Propeller set +main wheels from SBS Model.  This detail set is designed for the Academy kit.


Thursday,  Aug 20  2015

Hungary National Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Tamás Skriba is here to honour the Hungary National Day in style with his 1/72 KP MiG-21MFs.  Tamás used a variety of aftermarket items and scratchbuilding to upgrade the detail on both of his MiGs and he even re-scribed the panel lines on the baremetal jet.  Once he got to the painting and weathering stage....then Tamás really showed his high level of skill with his multi-shaded paint work and full weathering.  Both these jets are exceptional and also show the different Hungarian National insignia over the years.  This is Tamás' 10th article on ARC.


Tamás Skriba is also here to mark the Hungarian Natioanl Day with his 1/72 Hungarian Air Force collection.   Tamás has included quite the variety of good looking jet complete with exceptionally well done weathering jobs.  This is Tamás' 11th article on ARC and it's good to see Hungary remembered today on this special day.  .


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Typhoon two-seater resin cockpit set + vacu canopy from Pavla ModelsThis detail set is designed for the Revell kit.


Wednesday,  Aug 19  2015

Dieppe Raid 1942

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Derek Derks has done a huge amount of work creating his highly detailed 1/400 Royal Netherlands Navy Aircraft Carrier R81 "Hr.Ms. Karel Doorman".  This is a multi-media kit that required quite a variety of aftermarket and scratchbuilt items to pull it all together.  Derek has done a terrific amount of expert quality work on his Dutch carrier (1 of 2 carriers operated by the Netherlands) and I deeply enjoyed seeing each photo of this masterpiece.  Amazing work Derek!!!!

Ramon R. Lomeli has done a spectacular job on his early war 1/48 Airfix Bf-109E-4/Trop.  Ramon built his sharp looking Emil out of the box and then gave it a skillful painting and weathering job.  This is one beautifully done 109.

Here's a product article for the 1/48 P-51D Mustang Exhaust from QuickBoost.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 Su-25 PD-62-8 Pylons from ZactomodelsThese are great looking and beautifully detailed pylons and will be a must-have for anyone building a 1/32 Su-25.


Here's a product article for the 1/32 A6M5 Zero Wing flaps set from CMKThis detail set is designed for the Tamiya kit.


Tuesday,  Aug 18  2015

Afghanistan Independence Day

WW1 Events - this date in  1915

Yvan Vansteenkiste starts your Tuesday update with his 14th article on ARC.  This is Yuan's 1/48 Kittyhawk Jas-39 Grippen in Tiger scheme artwork for a Czech Republic Typhoon.  If you enjoy colourful jets.....and Tiger schemes....check out Yuan's other articles using the link at the bottom of his article. 

Kees Kuyper is being very creative with his 1/72 Airfix Hawker Typhoon floatplane.  Kees definitely has a way of making what-if aircraft that look very possible and realistic....I really enjoyed seeing this Typhoon floatplane.


Here's a product article for the 1/48 HVAR rockets from Eduard Model Accessories.

This detail set is available directly from Sprue Brothers Models.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Japanese Type 99 20mm Mark 2 gun barrels (4pcs) from Master.


Here's a product article for the 1/72 Kamov Ka-27 Helix cockpit set from NeomegaThis detail set is designed for the Italieri/Zvezda kit.


ARC Groupbuilds

Star Wars Group Build - ends May 4th 2015

StarFish Group Build - ends  March 1st 2015

Tiger group build - ends July1st 2015

Search and Rescue Group build (SAR) - ends July 1st 2015

The Shelf Queens Group Build - ends March 2014

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